The Essex

The Essex

About The Essex

One of Oakland's original luxury high-rise condo developments, The Essex is a 20-story building on the shores of Lake Merritt with close proximity to Oakland's thriving Uptown District. Every home at the Essex is endowed with the essential elements for effortless living. Just steps from your door is the tranquility of Lake Merritt's endless natural surroundings. You're also close enough to explore the fine restaurants and boutique shops of downtown Oakland. Building amenities include 24/7 attendant in the lobby, full-service concierge, state of the art fitness center, infinity edge pool, spa, BBQ area, clubhouse, resident business center, and controlled-access underground parking. Residence features include private terraces, 9' ceilings, washers and dryers, expansive windows, additional storage available, granite counter tops in the kitchens, and upgraded appliances.
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1 Lakeside Dr, Oakland, CA 94610

  • Year Built2001
  • Floors23
  • Units270
  • Neighborhood Lake Merritt
  • Building Type High-Rise
  • Ownership Condo

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Amenities at The Essex

Building Amenities

  • Clubroom / Party Room
  • Concierge
  • Doorman
  • Exercise Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Indoor pool
  • Laundry Room
  • Locker Rooms
  • Pool is heated
  • Rooftop pool
  • Nearest Rail Station: BART
  • Rentals Allowed

Parking Features

  • Garage

Unit Amenities

  • W/D connections

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Stephanie Pascal - May 17th, 2018

I'm a huge fan of this building. Though the tallest in its immediate vicinity, it doesn't look out of place, and it fits in surprisingly nicely with the deco and midcentury buildings that surround it. The homes that face Lake Merritt have wonderful, peaceful views of the lake with the Berkeley-Oakland hills off in the background, and the units opposite have great downtown city views. The lobby is HUGE and has a 24-hour attendant. The common areas and halls are light and bright and less hotel-like than some SF high rises. The building feels more like a true home than a traveler's luxury hotel. The whole building reflects a casual elegance, and the amenities are superb. The units inside vary greatly in their finishes--from original to 2001 to upgraded and remodeled.

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